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In Coast, some think it’s rich folks’ disease

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The Coast region is home to at least two Covid-19 hotspots.

With 61 confirmed cases, Mombasa County is only second to the capital Nairobi (206) in the number of confirmed cases.

Neighbouring Kilifi is third with 10. With this worrying statistics, you would expect that residents would take seriously measures outlined by the Health ministry to help reduce new infections.

But the situation on the ground is different, spot checks by the Nation have revealed. There is little adherence to rules on social distancing, handwashing and wearing of face masks. Matatus still carry passengers at full capacity. At Mombasa’s Tononoka market, traders go about their normal business without masks. Some use handkerchiefs to cover their noses and mouth while those who have them wear them incorrectly — pushed down the chin or up the forehead.

When we visited, a group of women selling bananas, tomatoes and carrots sat huddled together.

There were no handwashing areas for traders and their clients.

The situation in most residential estates is equally worrying. During the day, some parents allow their children to walk out of their houses and roam about the streets without the protective gear.

“We don’t have masks for children, the manufacturers should make one fit for this special group,” said Mr Philip Nzenge, an official at the children’s department.

At the Likoni channel, hundreds of commuters are still forced to queue in lines that stretch up to two kilometres on the mainland and they stand close together.

Coast regional Coordinator John Elungata, Governor Ali Hassan Joho, and County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo have expressed concerns over the breaching of Covid-19 rules.

“I have seen locals wearing their masks on the neck or chin only to put them on when they see police officers,”said Mr Joho.

In Taita-Taveta County, a spot check at the Mwatate and Voi
bus stations revealed that the terminal are still congested and people don’t wear masks. It is also business as usual for boda-boda operators,

with some carrying more than one passenger without masks.

At markets, only a few traders and buyers wear masks. In Tana River County, market days are as busy as ever.

Garsen market, for instance, hosts about 30,000 people on a single market day, all packed close together. Residents told the Nation that the virus is “far away” and nowhere near them.

Government officials have become objects of public ridicule as they battle to enforce the law, with locals dismissing them and even calling them names. In Hola, for instance, Chewani Chief Athman Mtolee said locals were defiant and were it not for the police, they wouldn’t pay heed to him at all.

“We get insulted in the villages.

Our people are of the idea that this is a disease for foreigners and people who travel abroad. They are actually making jokes about it,” he said.

Boda-boda operators in the town were singled out as the most notorious in flouting the regulations, followed by miraa traders and youths playing pool games. Resident James Michuki said locals have learnt nothing from the mistakes of other countries.

In Tsunza village, Kwale County, which is near hard-hit Miritini in Mombasa, boda-boda operators and youth still hang out in groups.

Shopkeeper Shaban Chigamba, at the Mikanjuni market, said although he has placed a handwashing point close to his business, social distancing is a problem.

Boda-boda operators in Lutsangani routinely carry more than one and don’t wearing masks.

“There are no masks in the village. Some people are covering themselves with home-made ones,” said resident Ali Mnyika.

The community, he said, has not been properly educated on the virus

By Daily Nation


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Shock as man ‘resurrects’ in a Kericho mortuary

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There was drama at Kapkatet sub-county hospital in Kericho on Tuesday night when a 32-year-old man who had been presumed dead and taken to the mortuary regained consciousness close to three hours later.

Mortuary attendants were getting ready to embalm Peter Kigen’s body when they noticed some movements.

Kigen, a resident of Kibwastuiyo village in Bureti Constituency, is said to have collapsed while at home before his family took him to hospital.

His younger brother, Kevin Kipkurui, said he was present when Kigen collapsed. With the help of their cousin, they took Kigen to the hospital at 5.30 pm.

“When we arrived at the casualty department, we met a doctor who asked us to register the details of the patient at the reception while he attended to him,” Kipkurui, who was still in shock, told The Standard.

After registering the patient, Kipkurui said he was again asked to the National Hospital Insurance Fund desk for further documentation of his brother.

Kigen reportedly suffers from a chronic illness.

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“When I went back to the casualty department at around 7.45 pm, I learnt my brother was dead. A nurse told me that he died long before we arrived at the hospital,” Kipkurui said.

He added: “The nurse later handed me a document to take to the mortuary attendant before my brother’s body was moved to the morgue.”

However, at 10.30 pm, Kipkuriu said, as they were waiting for embalming of Kigen’s body, they were informed that in fact, he was not dead.

Mortuary attendants who mummified the body told them that Kigen had regained consciousness.

“The mortician called me into the morgue and we saw him make movements. We were shocked. We could not understand how they could move a person who is still alive into the mortuary,” Kipkurui said.

Kigen, who spoke from his hospital bed yesterday, said he was shocked to learn that he was thought to have died and even taken to the mortuary.

“I cannot believe what just happened. How did they establish that I was dead?” he said.

Kirui, who donned his light-blue hospital uniform, was nevertheless happy to be alive and vowed to dedicate his life to evangelism once he’s discharged from hospital.

“I did not even know where I was when I regained consciousness, but I thank God for sparing my life. I will serve him for the rest of my life,” he said.

The hospital’s medical superintendent Gilbert Cheruiyot said Kigen was in critical condition when he was brought in.

Dr Cheruiyot said: “His relatives presumed he was dead and did not even wait for certification of death. They moved him to the mortuary, on their own.”

He said the clinical officers at the casualty were busy attending to other critically ill patients when Kigen was brought in, including an epileptic and a diabetic patient.

“They asked Kigen’s relatives to give them some time but they accused the clinicians of taking too much time and decided to take him to the mortuary. It was while the mortician was getting ready to embalm his body that she noticed some signs of life,” said Cheruiyot. He said the mortician informed the team at the casualty department which took Kigen back and begun resuscitating him. The process took three hours before the patient was stabilised.

“The patient was later taken to the ward and is responding well to treatment. We hope to discharge him in a few days,” Dr Cheruiyot said yesterday.

He added: “I advise those bringing their loved ones to the hospital to follow the laid down regulations. Before a body is moved the mortuary, it has to be certified by a clinician. In Kigen’s case, we can only say he was lucky, especially because of our qualified mortician who checked him before making any move,” said Cheruiyot.

The bizarre incident saw local MCAs, led by the Majority Leader Hezron Kipngeno, storm the hospital. This is after Chelanget MCA Hezborn Tonui demanded a statement from the heath committee over the incident that shocked the county.


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Janet Mbugua shares her Covid-19 scare

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Media personality Janet Mbugua has shared the tale of the time she faced a scare as thought she had contracted Covid-19 last month.

In a video she shared on Instagram, the former Citizen tv news anchor said she experienced Covid-19 symptoms which escalated quite quickly.

The video shows her being taken through the nasal swab test for Covid-19, which is known to very uncomfortable.

Luckily, the result for the mother of two came back negative.

Janet Mbugua said that her scary experience motivated her to fight the fear and stigma related to Coronavirus, and will use her platform to advocate for a vaccine.

This comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise sharply in Kenya amid a rush by various pharmaceutical companies globally to come up with an effective vaccine.

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Comedian Flaqo opens up on rare condition he has been battling

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Popular Kenyan comedian, Flaqo born Erastus Ayieko Otieno has for the first time spoken about a rare condition that he has been struggling with for some time.

Turns out that despite the funny man the Kenyan audience and beyond has grown to know as Flaqo Raz, he has his fair share of battles behind the cameras.

Flaqo opens up

The Internet sensation shared a photo showing red, itchy welts like a form of skin reaction on certain parts of his body.

Depending on the reactions, the welts appear and fade repeatedly and vary in size.

The YouTuber shared his condition with fans in the hope that maybe one or two can relate to what he has been going through and maybe work out a solution on the same.

“Anyone with this condition, how do you go about it?” he posed.

Comedian Flaqo rare skin condition

“Sometimes I have to postpone my shoots because they are unbearable. Zangu zilipotea for 6 months straight. Now they are back…” he replied to a fan who shared a similar experience.

Funny enough, soon as he had put up the post, he got so much feedback, with so many individuals able to relate to his skin condition, to his amazement.

“So far: try staying in the sun for a bit, bathe with warm water after taking antihistamines. To understand your condition better, make a point of seeing a dermatologist,” Flaqo shared with fans battling a similar condition, after gathering responses from his fan base.

Wrapping up urging fellow victims to take plenty of water, work out more often and avoid proteins since hives get triggered by things like particular foods, medication and stress.

By Ghafla.com


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